Australian News and Analysis

Refugees, border protection and the nationalist myth

Refugees, border protection and the nationalist myth

February 5, 2016 at 9:57 am

Why is there sympathy for those fleeing Syria but contempt for refugees on Nauru? By Emma Linacre The plight of refugees fleeing deadly conflict in the Middle East has generated huge sympathy across the world. In many countries huge demonstrations of ordinary people have demanded governments act to support and […]

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Higher education scams a product of privatisation

Higher education scams a product of privatisation

February 4, 2016 at 10:26 am

By Chris Dite A series of scandals at the end of last year have exposed the shocking cost and rampant corruption of the privatised vocational education sector. The closure of the Phoenix Institute in December highlighted the outrageous practices in the deregulated sector. While Phoenix did offer ‘real world’ courses […]

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We must fight the attacks on our unions

We must fight the attacks on our unions

February 4, 2016 at 9:58 am

By Stephen Jolly The Royal Commission into Trade Union Corruption (RCTUC) was $25 million well spent in the eyes of the Federal Coalition government. The primary purpose of the Commission was to keep the issue of union corruption in the newspaper headlines in order to tarnish the reputation of unions. […]

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January 26 is Invasion Day and we all have a stake in it

January 26 is Invasion Day and we all have a stake in it

January 25, 2016 at 3:33 am

By David Elliott For many Australians January 26th represents a day off work, an invite to many barbeques and an opportunity to celebrate some of the quirks of Australian culture. For those of us critical of the use of nationalism as a political tool, the jingoism displayed in this day […]

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Beyond marriage: The fight to end LGBTIQ oppression

Beyond marriage: The fight to end LGBTIQ oppression

January 12, 2016 at 11:32 am

By Toby Dite Over the last decade the campaign for same sex marriage rights has taken centre stage in the struggle to end LGBTIQ oppression. There remains a major disconnect between the major parties and popular opinion, and the issue is seen by many as a legal barrier to social […]

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I want to work, not work for the dole

I want to work, not work for the dole

January 4, 2016 at 11:09 am

By an unemployed worker in Melbourne Since losing my job as a disability worker due to the lack of government funding, I have been placed into a ‘Work for the Dole’ (W4D) program. This means I am required to participate in 25 hrs of unpaid work per week in exchange […]

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Long shifts & late nights…that’s hospitality!

Long shifts & late nights…that’s hospitality!

December 22, 2015 at 12:48 pm

By a hospitality worker in Melbourne I am one of Australia’s 828,000 hospitality workers. No, I am not a teenager, student or backpacker. This is my full-time job and I see myself doing it for years to come. But some things need to change. The turnover rate in hospitality is […]

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Energy industry: The privatisation scam

Energy industry: The privatisation scam

December 14, 2015 at 9:37 am

Private companies in the energy industry are charging consumers an average of $600 for “retail competition” expenses per year according to a recent report from St Vinecent de Paul Society. Focussing on the breakdown of energy bills the report adds to the mountain of evidence showing private control of energy […]

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1 in 5 companies pay no tax!

1 in 5 companies pay no tax!

December 9, 2015 at 10:28 am

Last month the Australian Tax Office (ATO) revealed that more than one in five privately-owned companies with revenue in excess of $100 million paid no tax last year. Many of the corporations on the list are household names. It has previously been revealed that international corporations like Google, Apple and […]

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Australia in the midst of a housing crisis

Australia in the midst of a housing crisis

December 3, 2015 at 11:04 am

It is an indictment of capitalism that in a country the size of Europe, with a population density of only 3 people per square kilometre, we are in the midst of a housing crisis. 105,000 Australians (1 in 200) are homeless, tens of thousands are on public housing waiting lists, […]

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